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FROM the PRESIDENT

By the time you read this another bow season will be winding down.  It’s funny how we wait what seems like forever for the start of another season, only to have it fly by in the blink of an eye.

I was able to get out quite a bit this season.  Being retired will do that!  In the past few years, I have been limiting myself pretty much to ground blinds.  Getting older and struggling with balance issues at times will do that too!  Hunting from a ground blind has its pluses and minuses.  The biggest minus being the limited view you have, thereby requiring that you keep on your toes.  Shot opportunities usually come without much warning and with little time to execute.  On the plus side, you often get some very up close and personal encounters with game.  If I recall correctly, I could have taken at least 16 shots of 15 yards or less at deer from my blinds.  And, I also had a 10-yard encounter with a bobcat that was really cool.  Of course, with no tag, the cat got a pass.  I did manage to fill my tag with a nice 8-point buck, making him my fifth buck from a ground blind.  Whatever method you utilized to carry out your hunts, I hope you experienced the action, excitement and all the other rewards unique to bowhunting.

Speaking of successful bowhunts, one of your fellow WBH bowhunters made history in 2022 by taking the first bull elk with archery equipment in Wisconsin in the modern era. 

Congratulations to WBH member Dan Evenson!  Dan is an accomplished bowhunter who is very close to completing his quest to harvest all 29 big game species with archery equipment.  To get all the details about Dan’s Wisconsin elk hunt check out the article Wisconsin Archery Elk: A Challenge and Success in this issue of THE Bowhunter.  

 

If you are planning to attend the 2023 WBH Convention you will be able to meet Dan and hear about his hunt in person.

As referenced above, we are just weeks away from another WBH Convention.  This year marks the 82nd annual convention, to be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the Holiday Inn, Stevens Point, WI.  We will be continuing with the 1-day format again this year, as most folks seem to prefer this.  In this issue of THE Bowhunter you will find all the information you need for attending the convention.  Plan to book your room for Friday and/or Saturday night as soon as possible.  Be sure to mention that you are with WBH.  The WBH annual convention is always a great time, filled with activities that the entire family can enjoy.  It is also a great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  Of course, there is also the annual business meeting, which allows you to participate in shaping WBH, now and into the future.  Cap it all off with a great meal and much more at the recognition banquet on Saturday evening, and you have yourself the makings for a great weekend.  I hope to see you there!

On the membership front, WBH membership is holding steady, which is good news.  I would like to welcome all the new members who have recently joined the association.  It is great to have you on

 

Of course, it would be better news if we could tell you that membership is increasing.  The Marketing/Promotions and Membership committee worked to develop a 15 second TV commercial that aired in select markets in Wisconsin, as well as onboard!

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Dan Small’s Deer Hunt Wisconsin TV special.  Special thanks to Director JW Sims for taking the lead in developing the 15 second spot.  We are currently monitoring new memberships in the commercial’s viewing area to see if it generates an uptick.  And, I’ll say it again, you, as WBH members, are in a great position to be ambassadors for WBH.  Please consider approaching fellow bowhunters who are currently not members and try recruiting them.  Preserving, Promoting and Protecting bowhunting is what it’s all about, and numbers really do matter.

In the Fall 2022 issue of THE Bowhunter we introduced the WBH Member Talent and Time Registration Form.  This form is designed to give you an opportunity to provide contact information and list areas of interest where you might be able to assist WBH.  It includes such things as helping at youth events, sports shows, selling raffle tickets, etc.  As of this writing, we have not received any responses.  I would ask that you please take a moment to look inside yourself and see if you have any time and talent available to share to help make your organization the best that it can be.

 While the focus of my message to you usually centers around WBH and bowhunting, I would like to deviate a little this time around and make a plug for another organization that I find invaluable to the future of hunting and fishing in the United States.  That organization is the Sportsmen’s Alliance.  The Sportsmen’s Alliance is on the frontline of all major issues affecting your rights as a sportsman.  They are currently involved in actions that would ban lead for hunting and fishing on all national wildlife refuges, monitoring a push to limit wolf hunting in Montana, as well as other issues too numerous to list here.  WBH has been a proud supporter for many years.  Please consider joining the Sportsmen’s Alliance and help them in the fight to preserve your outdoor lifestyle now and for generations to come.  You can get more information at www.sportsmensalliance.org.

As we approach the archery off season, please check out the many archery clubs throughout the state and take advantage of their facilities and the many shoots they hold.  Practice is critical to being a successful archer.  Why not have a ton of fun while you are doing it!

 

Wishing all of you the very best in everything you do.

Dave Peterson

President

Wisconsin Bowhunters Association

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